Share a PWYW Publisher Who Should Be Charging More

During the month of August, I’m participating in RPG a Day 2017. Each day I’ll answer a question, or my interpretation of a question, about tabletop roleplaying games. For those who have wanted your beloved UncleBear to get back into RPG blogging, this is the closest you’re going to get.

Share a PWYW Publisher Who Should Be Charging More

All of them. If it has value to the person downloading it, then they should pay for it. Yes, I get the concept of “pay what you want”. I’m aware of the successes that people have had with it. I just worry that it sends the wrong message to certain elements in the community, and sets the wrong expectations.

Everyone should be paid for their work, period. There’s always a perception in the world that creating things isn’t a “real job”. Some folks think that writing and game design are only hobbies, not something people earn a living it. Telling people to go ahead and take it, pay for it if you feel like it, and you decide how much to pay, is a luxury most of us can’t afford.

That said, I do have one PWYW title up at DriveThruRPG. It’s filled with freebie files. I put all of the previews and examples and samples together under one SKU. As I add products and have new previews, I’ll add them to that collection.

I didn’t expect that anyone would pay for freebies, but they have. Most see it as a tip jar, or a way to make a donation to the cause. A few got some value from the ideas they found in the freebie files, and wanted to compensate me for that value. That’s cool. But if I feel a thing has value, I charge for it.

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